“Process is messy.” – Austin Kleon, illustrator and writer
I agree with the above quote and this one by Edgar Allan Poe who said it in 1846, “Most writers … prefer having it understood that they compose by a species of fine frenzy – an ecstatic intuition – and would positively shudder at letting the public take a peep behind the scenes.”
This is how I feel and which is why I’ve never done a behind the scenes post. (Surprising no, after 12 years of blogging?) I did a behind the scenes video four years ago for my book, and that was only on the prodding of my videographer. My thinking is that behind the scenes work is very unglamorous and yes, messy, and no one is interested.
But I’ve always documented my work-in-progress because I wanted to keep track of how I was doing; plus, I was absolutely appalled sometimes at the chaos I created in my kitchen.
I’m aware that I haven’t written a post in several weeks – there are things going on behind the scenes in my life right now that don’t leave me much time to write. But today there was this pull to get in front of the computer and type away. Let me tell you that it feels so good to be writing again. So for this post, let me share a little bit of how I work at home and stoke my creative fire. Come and be a part of my creative process.
This clutter is rather tame, all in the name of styling the peanut butter sundae as seen below.
This is a larger mess, the process involved in conceptualizing and styling an ube black sesame latte.
Clutter of (for me) catastrophic proportions. This is a snapshot of what it’s like on a professional shoot.
When it comes to prop and food styling, sometimes the image I have in mind doesn’t photograph as well as I hope…
… so I turn to another color. Here, the blue (a color I don’t photograph much because I don’t think it works well with food), pops nicely with these homemade granola bars.
And, as is often the case, I fall in love with the ingredients that I’m working with so I have to take a quick shot beforehand. Here are some greens for fresh spring rolls: dill, kale, basil, cilantro, avocado, etc.
And I stuffed the greens and herbs into what I call my psychedelic spring rolls and served them with quick pickled veggies, peanut sauce, and radish vinegar.
But I can’t decide whether I prefer a brown background or a white wooden one… Which do you prefer?
After you’ve read this post and if you’re inclined to, please share your work process with me in the Comments section below. I’d like to see how you work.